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Palm Jumeirah

"How do you have a party like this in these economic times?" It was a much-asked question for Colin Cowie, the event planner behind the biggest, most expensive launch party of recent years. The opening of the Atlantis hotel on Dubai's Palm warranted a celebration on an unprecedented scale, at an estimated cost of £15 million, with attendees including Robert de Niro, Agyness Deyn, Lindsay Lohan, and Kylie Minogue. Miss Minogue performed at the launch, for a rumoured fee of £1.5 million, whilst guests feasted on Middle Eastern mezze accompanied by flowing Veuve Clicquot. The glamourous event incorporated one million fireworks, set […]

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How to Organise a Xmas Party

No one has ever put together a successful party with just the aid of ‘Google’. Fact. So if you are that unfortunate person deemed sensible and mature enough to organise the Christmas party this year, do not fear. We have put some helpful hints together to reduce your work load. Once you have the budget from your Boss, the first thing you need to sort is the venue. ‘Where’ is key. No one wants their office party in the Bucking Bronco cowboy themed bar, nor do they want to be in a sweaty karaoke haunt. It’s best to think sophisticated. […]

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The Double Club

Launched on 21st November, the Double Club project is the latest club to bring a difference to the London scene. Created by German artist Carsten Holler, Double Club is an old Victorian warehouse located just beside Angel tube station which holds a double identity. Designed to be a vibrant new public space, the club also unites both Congolese and Western contemporary music and culture. Set across three rooms, the bar, restaurant and dance club, Double Club has been divided into equal-sized Western and Congolese decorated rooms. The restaurant offers both Congolese and Western food, served on unique Congolese table cloths […]

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Home House Bar

After 18 months of refurbishment London's historic Home House, the exclusive private members' club, has opened its stunning extension to general acclaim from critics and members alike. The building – a grand Georgian town house – was designed by James Wyatt in 1773, but with its new cutting edge minimalist interiors it has been brought into the 21st century with a vengeance. The iconic female architect Zaha Hadid is responsible for the transformation. Well known for her fluid approach to design she has created installations for the futuristic new bar which feature her trademark sci-fi-esque style. With its sculpted metallic surfaces […]

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Tamarind Mayfair

This Indian restaurant, set in the heart of Mayfair has just entered its 14th year. With endless praise on their website, the Michelin starred restaurant has been hailed as one of the most sophisticated Indian restaurants in London. So how did it measure up Alfred Prasad, their head chef is renowned for his ever-changing Southern and North-West Indian menu. However, despite there being ample choice available the result was still nothing different. To start with we ordered the Jhinga Ajwaini Tiger prawns and the Lasooni Pasliyan Grilled lamb cutlets marinated in olive oil with spiced aubergine. While nothing was dissatisfactory […]

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Veuve Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot is opening its first Champagne Bar and Boutique at Harrods. With an enviable location on the 1st floor amongst the international luxury fashion labels, the unique venue promises to become a hot spot for champagne lovers and Clicquot admirers. Shoppers can relax while sitting on the contemporary angular leather bar stools and enjoy the “front row view” of the international fashions. For a more private or prolonged stay, the intimate lounge area designed with chic grey and yellow tones and glass topped tables creates a perfect environment to contemplate a purchase while enjoying a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. […]

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Paramount

Paramount members bar and club, occupying the top three floors of Centre Point in the heart of London’s West End has officially opened its doors. The full members’ club, lounge, bar, restaurant and private-hire events space, designed to offer patrons exceptional facilities, service and produce in an unquestionably spectacular setting is conceived and overseen by Pierre Condou who honed several years of experience at Bistrot Bruno, L’Odeon restaurant and Century Club on Shaftsbury Avenue. Bringing together a wide variety of individuals to eat, drink, relax and exchange ideas, Paramount aims to bring together a wide range of London’s leading influential […]

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Movida Re-Opens

Despite the credit crunch MOVIDA are bringing back the esteemed Cote d’Azure designer Samy Chams to give the club a £2.5million spectacular facelift. Built within the vaults of the famous London Palladium Theatre, on the historic Argyll Street, W1, it’s raw brick arches and original features have been meticulously restored, creating a timeless, elegant and international atmosphere. Chams has kept this atmosphere for the re-build but has dramatically changed the flow of the club, removing & relocating all bars and significantly removing the restaurant to introduce the new VIP evening cocktail lounge MO*OD. MOVIDA’s interior and unique atmosphere is captured […]

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Salvatore Ferragamo

Salvatore Ferragamo, renowned for its iconic shoes and rich history of Hollywood costume design, announces its collaboration with Oscar winning costume designer and Oscar winner Catherine Martin to create Nicole Kidman’s shoe wardrobe for the upcoming film, Australia. Directed by Baz Lurhmann and scheduled for a November 2008 release, the creative collaboration between Ferragamo’s designers and Ms. Martin has resulted in an exceptional collection of beautiful, original shoes. Drawing from period references and originals from the Salvatore Ferragamo archive, the design team created a wardrobe rich in historical content and detail, worthy of the House’s tradition of Hollywood “Shoemaker to […]

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Anya Hindmarch Hampers

Anya Hindmarch has collaborated with Selfridges to develop this years Christmas hamper collection. Tired of hampers containing unwanted mincemeat and trinket-filled crackers, Anya set out to create hampers filled with things that people actually want. Anya has designed the hamper to be traditional basket with a twist and spent many happy hours in Selfridges at night choosing all of the contents. Anya says, “I have always been fascinated by hampers, their history and Britishness, but am always disappointed by yet another basket whose contents I don’t actually want to keep. When Selfridges asked if I wanted to design a hamper, […]

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Vendome Mayfair

September this year will see the launch of Vendome nightclub in Mayfair, located on the site that was formerly Pangaea. Following the success of the award winning Vendome, Walton Street, which won best new bar at the London club and bar awards 2008 consultant Freddie Frampton embarked on a design mission with the legendary and truly original interiors guru Paul Daly to resurrect the dance floor. Vendome has been created to induce patrons back on to the dance floor and revive the atmosphere of the clubs of old with people from all walks of life partying with abandon under one […]

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Inamo

Inamo, an innovative pan-Asian restaurant and bar that features virtual menus navigated via table top projections, as well as sophisticated audio-visual ambience control, will open this September on Wardour Street in London’s Soho. At the core of the Inamo concept is an interactive ordering system. Diners order from an illustrated food & drink menu, projected in front of them onto a table surface with a touch sensitive panel. Each table in the ground floor, 62 cover restaurant, has its own projector, housed in a differently designed cocoon. Customers can choose from a range of animated appearance settings creating a virtual […]

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